Levels of Life (Large Print / Hardcover)

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The first part of this memoir is curious--a history of sorts mixed with imaginary scenes involving a pioneer balloonist and the legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt. It felt like the script for a docu-drama on the History Channel--which I probably would have abandoned if the writing wasn't so exceptional. Then in a moment, it became something thoroughly engaging--engrossing, something altogether different--in the present and real, yet connected intricately to the earlier story. The reader has been set up, caught with his defenses down and swept away by a tsunami of feelings. That's all I'm saying.

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Julian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and leading seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss -- making Levels of Life an immediate classic on the subject of grief.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781628990065
ISBN-10: 1628990066
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: February 1st, 2014
Pages: 127
Language: English